Giants notes: Posey would love to match Bonds, etc.


Giants notes: Posey would love to match Bonds, etc.

SAN FRANCISCO Its so easy to forget that this is BusterPoseys first start-to-finish, full season in the major leagues.

Like all catchers, he has taken his share of shots and hits right through the celebratory scrum after the Giants clinched the NL Westtitle Saturday night.

Who was Posey punching in the pile?

Affeldt, Posey said, grinning. He was jabbing me in theribs so I had to get him back.

Posey is out of the lineup Sunday, along with nearly all theregulars. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he couldnt pass up the chance togive his everyday players a 48-hour break to recharge, but he plans to havemost of his regulars back in Tuesdays lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

That includes Posey, who estimated he likely would start eight of thefinal nine games of the season.

Ive never been in that position, Posey said. You want tostay sharp and at the same time, you have an opportunity to get some rest. Idthink you want to take advantage of it.

Posey usually deflects personal goals, but he offered aquick absolutely when asked if hed be motivated to get the three RBIs heneeds for 100. Hed be the first Giant to drive in 100 runs since Barry Bondsin 2004.

In fact, chasing a few carrots here and there might help theteam keep its edge.

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Itd be nice, Posey said. We accomplished our main goal,which was to get in the playoffs. I think personally, its important to keepthat same feel youve had all year.

It isnt just Poseys reconstructed left ankle that hasposed a challenge this season. He has caught 941 innings this season; hisprevious high was 662 innings in 2010, although he also started 32 games atTriple-A Fresno that season.

Two or three times my body has not felt good at all,whether its the travel or some other reason said Posey, who had a bout ofshingles in the first half in addition to the usual aches and pains associatedwith catching. Whether its four or five days or a week, you kind of come outof it. Ive learned how to keep grinding, make sure you get your rest and eatwell.

Bochy has been in this position before. His 1998 Padresclinched in the 149th game three games earlier than these Giants.Although San Diego went 4-9 down the stretch that season, they got past theHouston Astros and Atlanta Braves to advance to the World Series.

So Bochy has a good idea how it needs to work over theselast nine games.

Im aware of that and I think this team is aware of that,he said. Thats why these guys are going to play and theyre going to pitch.Past today, were not going to shut it down.

Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro were in most need of a rest,Bochy said. But shortstop Brandon Crawford has been playing with a tenderhamstring, too. So he also welcomed a chance to take a break.

Lost in the hubbub of Saturdays clincher was Brandon Beltsfirst opposite-field home run at AT&T Park.

Oh, I enjoyed that, he said.

What did Bochy think of Pablo Sandovals diving catch intothe stands Saturday?

Its good to have a little extra cushion, the managersaid.

In the standings, too.

World Series odds: After Melancon addition, five teams ahead of Giants

World Series odds: After Melancon addition, five teams ahead of Giants

Before adding Mark Melancon, the Giants were tied with three other teams for the fifth best odds to win the 2017 World Series.

After adding the All-Star closer, there are now five teams ahead of the Orange and Black -- who now share the sixth best odds with the Dodgers and Yankees.

The Giants' odds of 14/1 did not change, according to Bovada.

The Cubs (15/4), Red Sox (11/2), Nationals (9/1), Astros (12/1) and Indians (12/1) are the Top 5.

Chicago Cubs -- 15/4 
Boston Red Sox -- 11/2 
Washington Nationals -- 9/1
Houston Astros -- 12/1
Cleveland Indians -- 12/1
San Francisco Giants -- 14/1  
Los Angeles Dodgers -- 14/1
New York Yankees -- 14/1  
New York Mets -- 18/1 
Toronto Blue Jays -- 20/1  
Texas Rangers -- 25/1
St. Louis Cardinals -- 25/1
Seattle Mariners -- 25/1   
Baltimore Orioles -- 28/1 
Detroit Tigers -- 28/1 
Kansas City Royals -- 33/1
Pittsburgh Pirates -- 40/1  
Chicago White Sox -- 66/1 
Miami Marlins -- 66/1 
Los Angeles Angels -- 75/1 
Colorado Rockies -- 75/1 
Tampa Bay Rays -- 75/1
Atlanta Braves -- 75/1 
Milwaukee Brewers -- 75/1 
Oakland Athletics -- 100/1 
Arizona Diamondbacks -- 100/1
Milwaukee Brewers -- 100/1
Cincinnati Reds -- 100/1 
Minnesota Twins -- 100/1 
Philadelphia Phillies -- 100/1 
San Diego Padres -- 100/1

Sources: Giants shopping Chris Heston

Sources: Giants shopping Chris Heston

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- With an abundance of starters on their 40-man roster and in the high minors, the Giants are shopping Chris Heston, per league sources. 

Heston, 28, was the pleasant surprise of the 2015 season, starting 31 games and posting a 3.95 ERA with 12 wins, one of which was a no-hitter in New York. He was a first-half savior for a staff limited by age and injuries, but the Giants filled their rotation that winter by signing free agents Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. Matt Moore was acquired in the middle of the summer and Ty Blach and Matt Cain are expected to compete for the fifth starter spot.

The urgency to deal Heston comes because the Giants have to add Mark Melancon to the 40-man roster this week and they are currently out of open spots. 

Heston made just four appearances in 2016 after being moved to the bullpen. It was a transition that didn't quite take, and he ended up back in the minors, making 14 starts for the River Cats as he worked to regain some of the velocity that was lost when he dropped 15 pounds during offseason workouts. An oblique injury led to Heston being put on the 60-day DL in June, and ultimately ended his season. 

It was unclear if the Giants were gaining any traction in discussions Wednesday, but at least a couple of teams had reached out to see if Heston might be the right fit. In a market completely lacking starters, he could be a cost-effective option for the back end of a rotation.